BICC Annual Report
|Title||BICC Annual Report|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Institution||Bonn International Center for Conversion|
In 2015, the massive wave of hundreds of thousands of refugees, fleeing from war and violence in the Middle East, reached Europe. A short-term answer from European states
was to close their borders. The refugee camp in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni became the symbol for this extraordinary humanitarian emergency. Currently, millions of refugees are caught between civil wars in their homelands and being isolated out by Europe.
Yet not only the number of those fleeing, who, in a permanent state of humanitarian emergency—for instance in refugee camps—live in makeshift shelters, has risen dramatically, so too has the number of civilians who, in many areas of conflict such as Syria, Yemen or Donbass, are cut off from humanitarian aid. Our colleague Esther Meininghaus took these worrying humanitarian conditions as an opportunity
to address the future of humanitarian aid in this year’s annual report essay. (...)
The Knowledge Circle has become our hallmark. Here, we innovatively combine empirical research in areas of conflict with direct political and technical advisory services on the
ground. In the period covered by this report, 2015/16, BICC staff conducted research and provided expert advice in, for example, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic
of the Congo, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Chad and Ukraine.
This unique combination of empirical research, policy advice and practice under one roof means that our work does not only serve academia. There is also a strong demand for our
expertise from national governments, regional organizations, civil society and the media.